Meditation Games Diary: 2/4/19

Freya Campbell’s journey from a conservative county to Bristol is the subject of today’s Meditations game. This is important due to Campbell being a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, and the game focuses on how great acceptance is. A switch from a community that advocates for laws to harm you, to a community that accepts you with open arms is a very important one. The artwork of the game was a little sloppy, but there was a purpose within the art, and the theme of it was amazing.

The game consists of you looking at drawings of Freya’s journey from her old home to Bristol. The drawings are not precise at all, and there were times where I could not understand what I was looking at. I didn’t particularly like that aspect of it, but the only things in the game that I saw clearly were the pride flags, and that is when I started to love the artwork.

The lack of detail in the art represents how unimportant everything was to Freya. Living in a community that doesn’t accept you hurts and makes the world a worse place. When she reached Bristol and saw pride flags waving from buildings, it brought her so much joy. Seeing this depicted in the game brought me joy as well.

Throughout the game, I was pretty emotionless. The art did not evoke any emotion or care within me, but when I saw the pride flags I smiled. The game sadly ended after that moment, but for that brief moment, I felt amazing. That was the game’s goal, and it succeeded. It showed the importance of that moment by only detailing the flags, which was a pretty unique way to show importance.

Today’s Meditations game reminded me a lot of the game from 1/14/19. In that game, a special moment in the developer’s life was depicted by a gray screen turning yellow. In today’s game, the lack of color created a sense of emotionless dread, and the one moment of color changes the tone drastically, flipping your sad experience into a great one.

It may have had a rough start, but I am very pleased with how the game ended. It was powerful and conveyed its meaning extremely well. It also made me hope that the community I am in now changes in the future to a place where everyone is accepted and loved. I have doubts that will happen, but we have to hope, right?

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